CHECHEN PARLIAMENT CHAIRMAN CONDEMNS PLANNED REFERENDUM
In a 26 February statement posted the following day by chechenpress.com, Akhyad Idigov, who is chairman of the Chechen parliament elected in 1997, condemned the planned constitutional referendum, which he said will not contribute to resolving the problems of relations between Moscow and Chechnya or to a peaceful solution of the conflict. Idigov noted that Chechnya adopted a constitution in 1992 and that OSCE observers affirmed the legality of the 1997 presidential and parliamentary elections in Chechnya. Idigov further pointed out that in October 2000, the Chechen parliament extended the authority of the parliament and president until Chechnya is "liberated" from Russian occupation. LF
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